Dorking Wanderers are today delighted to announce the signing of midfielder Dan Pybus on a three year deal following the player's departure from York City.
Dan, 25, began his career coming through the youth ranks at local side Sunderland, also enjoying a loan spell at Derby County in this period before signing his first professional contact with Bradford City in 2017. Making his league debut for The Bantems as a substitute on the final day of the 2016/17 campaign, Dan would head out on loan to fellow city outfit Bradford Park Avenue the following season before featuring in brief spells at Blyth Spartans and Norwegian side Tonsberg in 2018.
Ahead of the 2019/20 campaign Dan joined Scottish Championship side Queen of The South, featuring regularly for the club and netting his first senior goal in the 2-0 win against Arbroath in mid-December. After two seasons at Palmerston Park, Dan remained in the Scottish second tier but switched to Dunfermline Athletic on a one year deal, enjoying another consistent campaign in 2021/22 and finishing the season by being awarded the accolade of 'Manager's Player of the Season'.
Making the move south of the border in the summer of 2022, Dan joined newly promoted York City ahead of The Minstermen's first season back in the National League. Ever-present last campaign as the club consolidated their place in the National League, Dan now looks to continue his career in the red and white of Wanderers, and is looking forward to getting started:
"I spoke to Marc last week and he told me his plans for the club and sold his vision to me brilliantly. True to the character he is, he was also very tenacious! The club is only going in one direction which is up and I want to be part of that, I had multiple other offers on the table, but the Gaffer's vision has ultimately sold this football club to me."
"I will always try my best for the manager and my team mates, will always look to get the team playing, and the supporters will get someone who will always work hard for them. I look forward to meeting everyone and getting going on Saturday!"
Manager Marc White adds the following:
"Dan is someone we kept an eye on last year; Ant Sheldon our chief scout highlighted his stats as one of the leading midfielders in the National League, and we are absolutely delighted with his commitment to us and vice-versa, joining us on a three year deal. Dan is going to bring a real freshness to our team, a lot of energy and aggression, and is very much part of the new era we are embarking upon here at Dorking Wanderers."
"A central midfielder who can play anywhere in that area of the field, we fought off a lot of competition to get Dan's signature and very much look forward to him joining up with the squad imminently."
It has been confirmed Dan will wear the No4 shirt for Wanderers this season and will be included in the matchday squad to face his former side York City this Saturday at Meadowbank.